The Oneida County fair starts Thursday.
Lynn Feldman, 4H Coordinator for Oneida County UW Extension, says preparation begins far in advance. Organizers spend the winter months updating the fair book, which guides entries for the fair. Preparation culminates in the week leading up to the fair.
“And as far as Pioneer Park here, we started working on this on Saturday. We came and had to bring over horse panels for the drill team, and cages for the chickens and rabbits, and set up the animal alley area. Then on Sunday we started working on getting out the big tent.”
It’s been a series of busy days since then. The fair doesn’t open until 5 pm, but judges will spend the day awarding ribbons to projects and livestock that have been entered in various categories.
Only chickens and rabbits will be judged on the fairgrounds, plus a few cats and a sugar glider. Horses and dogs are judged elsewhere but there are chances to see them in demonstrations that take place during the fair.
Feldman says the judging and display of various work is one of the highlights of the 4H year.
“Because Youth choose projects at the beginning of the year. They work with volunteers on these different projects, they learn the skills, work together in groups. And now they not only get it judged but they’re able to put it on display for others in the area to see.”
It’s also the 100th anniversary of the 4H program in the U.S. Oneida County Fair is marking the occasion with a tent with information and posters about the history of 4H.